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Raiders WR Heyward-Bey Released From Hospital

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Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders gives the "thumbs up" as he is taken off the field on a strecher after getting hit hard in their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers  at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 23, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders gives the “thumbs up” as he is taken off the field on a strecher after getting hit hard in their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 23, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has been released from the hospital after being knocked out by a helmet-to-helmet hit.

The Raiders say Heyward-Bey went home Monday morning after spending the night in the hospital under observation. The team says he has a concussion and neck strain and is expected to make a full recovery.

Heyward-Bey was running across the end zone early in the fourth quarter of Oakland’s 34-31 victory to catch a pass from Carson Palmer when Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy launched his body and lowered his helmet into Heyward-Bey’s facemask.

Heyward-Bey’s neck jerked violently and his head also crashed into the ground as he lost consciousness. The pass was incomplete. The replacement officials did not call a penalty on the play.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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